The Summer Skin, Hair, and Body Shape-Up
There are two sorts of spa days, really. While there’s plenty of overlap, one is at its core relaxing—soaking, steaming, musing—and the other is decidedly more active: scrubbing, polishing, beautifying. It’s the second sort we’re addressing here, a busy person’s day of getting it all back together for summer, perhaps skipping what might otherwise be a time-consuming flurry of appointments at various salons.
From an easy pedicure or painless hair removal to a glowy touch of a tan if you need one, set aside some portion of a day, or even just a long evening for a spa/salon moment. We like to pack all the necessary materials into an extra weekend bag and tell a spa story out by the beach when we can; but emerging refreshed, buffed, polished, and glowy is a pleasure no matter where you do it.
Add (touch up your roots, do a serious dry brush) or subtract treatments as you need; if you love a salon pedicure or facial, by all means go—the idea here is that if need be, for time, money, or just-for-the-sake-of-it reasons, an at-home summer shape-up is easier than you think:
The Best (and Safest) Tan on the Planet
The Organic Pharmacy Self Tangoop, $69
For the perfect subtle, even, glow this self-tanning cream is 100% clean and non-toxic yet blends like a dream (streakless and soft), develops in three hours, smells faintly citrusy, and leaves skin smooth, supple, and hydrated—with a healthy, uniform tan any time of year. Made with a unique Ecocert-approved DHA derived from sugar beet, the resulting color is unbelievably balanced and natural; reapply every 2 days to maintain the gorgeous glow.
Easiest At-Home Pedicure
Cote Traveler Gift Setgoop, $38
For an instant (clean) manicure or pedicure anywhere, this kit comes with two nontoxic, swipe-off, non-acetone remover pads (one pad can do all ten nails); a petit Côte nail file for smooth, easy shaping; the brand’s strengthening base coat/top coat, and three super-shiny, long-lasting nail colors: A delicate pink, classic fire-engine red, and a gorgeous gold. Packed in an adorable organic-cotton pouch, it’s ready to travel—and makes an amazing gift.
Pursoma Bain de Piedgoop, $12
Made with the same exceptional wet-harvested French grey sea salt, wild-harvested seaweed, and green algae, plus steam-extracted essential oils that make Pursoma’s baths so powerful, this is the foot bath to end all foot baths. Deeply detoxifying and restorative, it actively purifies for up to 12 hours after soaking, recharging your entire system. We love one before bed for maximum overnight detox and replenishment, or as part of a softening, beautifying, super-energizing home pedicure.
Hair Mask, Cuticle Treatment, Foot Cream, & Body Oil
Jao Goe Oilgoop, $48
A combination of 28 plant, fruit, and flower oils and butters, this multipurpose, semi-solid oil smells faintly of Monoi (Tahitian gardenias soaked in coconut oil) and moisturizes skin like nothing else. Lighter than a typical body butter, longer-lasting than a moisturizer, it’s made with a high percentage of jojoba oil—not technically an oil, but a polyunsaturated liquid wax similar to human sebum, plus rosehip, hemp, meadowfoam, and rice bran oils, all of which are high in omega and essential fatty acids. Antioxidant avocado, grapeseed, mango, and pumpkin seed butter, plus kukui nut oil protects the skin, while chamomile and calendula calm.
Brilliant (Clean) Bikini-Line Solutions
Iluminage Touchgoop, $495
The most effective, for-all-skin-and-hair-types hair removal (most hair removal doesn’t work with very pale hair or very dark skin; this does), Iluminage combines IPL and RF tech for amazing results. Use it once a week, for 7 weeks—and thereafter just for touchups, if you need them.
Fur Fur Oilgoop, $44
For those who prefer to go au naturel in the bikini area, this essential-oil blend not only treats pubic hair, it also clears pores and soothes hair follicles for fewer ingrowns and healthier skin. Brilliant for those who shave or wax, Fur Oil is made with grapeseed and jojoba oils, both dry touch oils with vitamins A and E to soften and condition; tea tree oil with antimicrobial properties that help clear pores and minimize ingrowns; and clary sage seed oil, with healing, soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that promote healthier skin over time.
goop By Juice Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facialgoop, $125
The Exfoliating Instant Facial instantly brightens and softens skin to reveal a glowing, smoother-looking complexion. Natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids sweep away dead skin cells; and plant-based cellulose beads exfoliate further, while releasing soothing vitamin B5, leaving skin supple, soft, and utterly revitalized. The Exfoliating Instant Facial is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 86% total organic content.
Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masquegoop, $235
You think of clay as drying, but this soothing rosewater/pink-clay concoction is ultra-moisturizing. It feels incredible going on, and your skin is left dewy, firm, and totally hydrated. Somehow detoxifying and totally moisturizing all at once—this is, like her and her spa, heaven.
Treat & Prevent Breakouts
May Lindstrom The Problem Solvergoop, $100
It starts out as a powder (a blend of raw cacao, bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, and spices), only releasing its potent healing elements once mixed with water. The resulting mousse heals blemishes, fights inflammation, encourages circulation, and visibly tightens pores pretty much instantly. Use Lindstrom’s facial treatment bowl and brush to mix the paste.
goop By Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oilgoop, $110
This nourishing, potent miracle oil sinks instantly into skin and starts to work. Made with a pure blend of organic oils, it leaves skin remarkably supple, soft, and glowing. It turbo-charges any moisturizer, but also hydrates beautifully on its own. It can even be patted on over makeup for a midday pick-me-up. The Enriching Face Oil is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 99% total organic content.